Obama to business owners: 'You didn't build that'
President Obama, in a speech to supporters, suggested business owners owe their success to government investment in infrastructure and other projects -- saying “if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.”
Obama’s comment Friday during a campaign stop in Roanoke, Va., came just days after he urged Congress to extend tax cuts enacted during the Bush administration only to families earning less than $250,000 annually -- part of his argument that top earners have an obligation to pay more to trim the deficit.He has the audacity to suggest that businesses thrive only because they have access to roads and bridges. Are you kidding me? First off, our taxes - including the taxes collected by those very same businesses - pay for those roads. Secondly, the infrastructure to which he refers was largely built under national security auspices (hint: There's a reason it's the Eisenhower Interstate system), not the government being business-friendly. And lastly, name me one country, anywhere in the world, that doesn't have some form of roadway system. Oh, you found one? Is it a first world country? I didn't think so.
My friend Dennis of Dragon Leatherworks took offense to President Obama's comments and responded thusly:
"If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen"
My dad and grandfather taught me how to use my hands, how to think critically, and, by example, taught me to work hard.
No-One taught me how to work leather. I learned the same way I learn everything...I took the skills taught me by my dad and grandfather, applied critical thinking, and figured out how to do it.
Sure as hell wasn't anything I learned in school that helped me make my holster business a success. If anything, Goobermint types HATE what I'm doing, because it promotes and furthers the 2nd Amendment by making holsters appealing to the eye, which in turn makes folks want to carry their guns and show off their great-looking holsters, which leads to more folks wanting to get a gun and get a great-looking holster, and so on.
So, no, someone else didn't *make that happen.* I made it happen. I took the risk, I put the long nights and longer week-ends into making it happen. I've lost sleep making it happen. I sacrificed my time to make it happen. My wife, God bless her, sacrificed right along with me, going to bed most nights waaay before me, knowing that I had found a passion, something that I could really turn into a success, and willingly sacrificing *her* time with me, because she knows how important it is for me not only to be successful, but to be able to get up one morning where this side business is my MAIN business, face that first day as a completely self-employed guy, and be able to bring home the bacon without needing the office day job to make ends meet.
Don't pat yourself on the back too hard, Obama...you and the Goobermint didn't do a damned thing for me.Here's a thought for President Obama: If Dennis ships via Federal Express or UPS, what governmental resource is Dennis using? He's shipping directly from his business - or are you considering that the roads the UPS truck takes to get the address as part of this magical, benevolent "government uber alles" power of yours? Is the assumption that, absent government impetus for building these roads, no roads would ever be built?
Here's a question for our boy genius president: If the US Government didn't build the roads (and, just to throw it in, maintain a professional armed forces to keep us safe from outside invaders), then what the hell *do* we need it for?
That is all.